Sugar hits the sweet spot
the event in May – festival organisers have now asked her to present all three.
Before making her London debut, the Daglish-raised Lady Velvet Cabaret performer has organised a send-off in the best style she knows, with the Sugar du Joure Sweet Treats Fundraiser at the Rosemount Hotel in North Perth on Sunday, April 19.
“I’ve been able to pick my favourite Perth acts, so we’ve gathered different performers from different troupes and brought them all together for one show,” Young said.
“We have some girls who are doing tributes to movies, which is what I love, group acts, students from classes I’ve taught here, standup comedy, an MC and of course cupcakes.”
The 24-year-old attended her first burlesque class in 2009 and fell in love with the form of artistic expression that promoted creativity and increased confidence.
She decided to become a solo performer, soon finding her burlesque artistic space in combining comedy with sexiness, and joined Subiaco-based troupe Lady Velvet Cabaret.
The clothing store manager, bur- lesque teacher and occasional live art class model said her style was all about finding her niche.
“Back in the day I was just doing what people told me, as in, this is what sexy is, this is how you walk and you dance to Fever by Michael Buble,” the Presbyterian Ladies College graduate she said.
These days, Young’s acts range from a spaghetti western-inspired Hollywood tribute to dressing as a giant tube of toothpaste before revealing a minty, swirly costume underneath.
“I have no idea how I came up with it but I love watching burlesque performers and them,” she said.
“This will be my first overseas festival. We’ve had London performers come here who I have met and performed with, but I’ve never gone there and seen the scene for myself.
“I’m very excited – and devastated at the luggage allowance.”
Doors for Sugar du Joure’s Sweet Treats Fundraiser open at noon on Sunday, with the show starting at 1pm.
Tickets are available for $15 from www.oztix.com.au or $25 with a high tea pre- order, with limited sales on the door.
In the centre is Laura Young (Churchlands) as Sugar du Joure with, from left, Sarah Rutherford (Wungong) as Bambi, Keren Schlink (Wembley Downs) as Lola Moore, Sylvia Sippl (Scarborough) as Lucinda Panties, Clara Loveny (Perth) as Lady
Pussyfoot and Emily Cairns (Swanbourne) as Candy Cheeks.